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Gramophone Magazine August 2019

Gramophone enriches your classical music experience and connects you with great recordings. Packed with features across all classical music genres, our globally acclaimed writers will inform and entertain you with independent and intelligent editorial and more than 150 reviews in every issue. Our reputation is founded on our acclaimed critical analyses of the latest CD releases, in-depth features and interviews with classical stars, and our comprehensive coverage of recorded and live music. Please Note: This price excludes VAT which will be added when you checkout.

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Mark Allen Business & Leisure
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today’s major competitions can reach millions

Opinion isn’t unanimous about competitions. Those who see positives in the pressure (a taste, after all, of what lies ahead throughout a career) are countered by others who feel it’s an artificial way of assessing art. But competitions are given major prominence: at Gramophone, we regularly report on them, and annually focus on the sector in a special supplement. And two competitions this month illustrate why. The International Tchaikovsky Competition has long been held up as one of the greatest of musical accolades, its winners etched not just on the trophy but in our consciousness. This is, after all, a competition that opened its First Prize alumni list with Van Cliburn and has included John Ogdon, Grigory Sokolov and Daniil Trifonov. And that’s just in the piano category – glimpse at…

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this month’s contributors

‘Writing about Baltic choral music was an excellent opportunity, says Gramophone contributor IVAN MOODY who writes our cover story this issue. ‘It enabled me to revisit recordings of some of the most outstanding choirs in the world, and to try and define what it is that makes this sound so unique.’ ‘My first Gramophone interview with William Christie was in 1992, and there have been many since,’ recalls LINDSAY KEMP. ‘Yet talking to him and Paul Agnew about Les Arts Florissants’ 40th anniversary was both stimulating and heartwarming – especially in the elegant confines of Christie’s Paris home.’ ‘Nicola Benedetti stands apart from major international soloists for the huge amount of time she also devotes to educational outreach,’ says CHARLOTTE GARDNER, who talks to the violinist about her Marsalis recording. ‘Her courageous…

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gramophone editor’s choice

C & R SCHUMANN ‘Romance’ Isata Kanneh-Mason pf Decca A hugely impressive debut from this young pianist, but also a carefully compiled portrait of Clara Schumann’s musical voice as it developed through her composing career. R STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein Heldenleben Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko LAWO The drama and thrilling orchestral writing of Strauss’s tone poems seem second nature to Vasily Petrenko on superb form. PARRY Piano Trio No 2. Piano Quartet Leonore Piano Trio Hyperion Just months after the impressive earlier instalment of the Leonore Piano Trio’s Parry survey, a set to confirm the atmospheric inventiveness of his chamber music, and of these players’ mastery of it. HAYDN. MOZART Keyboard Sonatas Jérôme Hantaï fp Mirare Revealing a complete command of this delightful sounding instrument and what it can bring to these sonatas, this is an album of…

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for the record

The 22-year-old French pianist, Alexandre Kantorow, has won the Grand Prix at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition. He’d already clinched the Gold Medal in the piano category, but Valery Gergiev made this extra award (worth $100,000), one in his gift, to the pianist following the laureate’s gala in St Petersburg; this additional prize has only been made three times in the competition’s history, including in 2011 to the pianist Daniil Trifonov. Kantorow had been the only entrant to opt to play Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto (rather than the First) – Vasily Petrenko conducted the State Academic SO, ‘Evgeni Svetlanov’, magnificently in all 14 concertante works in the finals – which he supplemented with Brahms’s Second (a tour de force of stamina, as well as superior musicianship, as he played non-stop for…

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horowitz: the great comeback

Sony Classical is releasing a fascinating set celebrating Horowitz’s return to the concert hall after an absence of 12 years. On May 9, 1965, the great pianist stepped out onto the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York, having not played in public since 1953, and having suffered badly from depression in the intervening years. This was one of the most famous piano recitals of the 20th century (tickets went on sale at 10am on April 26, but by 7am that morning there was already a queue of 1500 people), and Columbia Masterworks was on hand to record it. ‘Horowitz at Carnegie Hall: An Historic Return’ won three Grammy Awards, including Classical Album of the Year. The new set contains this recital, remastered, but the real interest lies in material that…